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PROJECT REPORT

NAME OF THE ORGANISATION : LAKME UNILEVER PRIVATE LTD.

PLACE : BADI, SOLAN

FIELD OF STUDY :Marketing

TOPIC OF RESEARCH : CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR AND

PERCEPTION OF WOMEN

TOWARDS LAKME

Submitted To

Institute of Engineering and Emerging Technology, Baddi.

In partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the award of Degree of

Masters of Business Administration.

SUBMITTED BY:

SAPNA SOOD

98/08


MBA

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to my advisor, Ms. Neha for providing me with
continuous support and guidance which was vital for the successful completion of the
project. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to my project guide,
Ms Neha, for a significant contribution made by her towards my learning, by way of
making herself available, providing leads in course of the project and most importantly
for the tremendous source of encouragement and inspiration she has bestowed on me
throughout the project.

I express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Vishal kalia for their timely guidance and in
providing the required facilities and information for completing the project.

I am also very indebted to my parents and my brother who have been with me at every
moment of my life.for his kind help and support during the tenure of the project.

I also want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to my friends and all
the people who encouraged me throughout the project.

I am also thankfull to god for always being there.



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To whomsoever it may concern

This is to certify that

Miss SAPNA SOOD, a student of INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND EMERGING


TECHNOLOGIES, BADDI (IMS) has successfully completed her project work of
marketing entitled ³ CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR AND PERCEPTION OF WOMEN
TOWARDS LAKME´ under the guidance of her project supervisor Miss.Neha.

It is her individual research work done on consumer behavior and perception.

I wish her good luck for her career.

Authorized signatory

Name : NEHA

(Project supervisor)



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INDEX

CHAPTER PAGE NO
R.EXECUTIVESUMMARY«««««««««««««««««««.........«..6-7

2. INTRODUCTION TO CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR««««««..«««...«..8-R

a). CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR«««««««««««««.«««..«8

b). BLACK BOX MODEL«««««««««««««««««««......9

c). SELECTIVE PERCEPTION MODEL««««««««««.««....R0

d). FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR««.RR-R

3. INTRODUCTION TO PERCEPTION««««««««««««««...R-R9

a). WHAT IS PERCEPTION, DEFINITION, FEATURES««««««R

b). PERCEPTUAL PROCESS«««««««««««««««««R6

c). PERCEPTUAL SELECTIVITY«««««««««««««««...R7-R8

d). PERCEPTUAL ORGANISATION«««««««««««««...«R9

. REVIEW OF LITERATURE ««««««««««««««««..«««20

. INTRODUCTION TO COSMETIC INDUSTRY IN INDIA«««««««..2R-2

6. INTRODUCTION TO HINDUSTAN UNILEVER PRIVATE LIMITED««26-28

a). INTRODUCTION OF HUL««««««««««««««««««26

b). HISTORY«««.«««««««««««««««««««««...27

c). COMPETITORS««..«««««««««««««..««««««.28

7. INTRODUCTION TO LAKME UNILEVER PRIVATE LIMITED«««.««29-3

a). INTRODUCTION, KEY FACTS AND VISION«.«««..«««««.29

b). PURPOSE AND PRINCIPLES«««««««««.«««««««30

c). CODE OF BUSINESS PRINCIPLES«««««««««««««.3R-32




d). LAKME¶S POSITIONING IN TERMS OF PERSONALITY««««..33-3



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e). HOW LAKME IS INFLUENCING ITS CONSUMERS?......................3

8. PROFILE OF THE ORGANISATION««««««««««««««««36

9. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY««««««««.««««««««««37-39

a). OBJECTIVES«««««««««««.««««««««««.«..37

b). SOURCES OF DATA«««««««««««««««««««...38

c). RESEACH DESIGN«««««««.«««««««««««««38

d). SAMPLING DESIGN««««««««««««.««..«««««..38

e). SAMPLE SIZE«««««.«««««««««.««««««««..38

f). SAMPLE DESCRIPTION«««««««««««««..«««««38

g). LIMITATION OF STUDY«««««««««««««..«««««39

R0. DATA ANALYSIS««««««««««««««««««««««« 0- 3


a). TESTING OF HYPOTHESIS«««««««««........«««««««.. 0

b). PROCEDURE FOR TESTING HYPOTHESIS«««««««««...«. R

c). CHI SQUARE TEST««««««««««««««««..«««««« R- 3

RR. DATA INTERPRETATION«««««.««««««««««««««. -62

R2. FINDINGS«««««....««««««««««««««««««««.63

R3. SUGGESTIONS««««..«««««««««««««««««««.6 -6

R . CONCLUSION «««««««««««««....««««««««««.66

R ANNEXURES«««««««««««««««««««««««««.67-68

R6. BIBLIOGRAPHY««««««««««««««««««««««««69


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Cosmetics and toiletries are not just the domain of women any longer and Indian men
too are increasingly taking to the use of more and more body sprays, perfumes and
other cosmetics and toiletries. With rising demand from men, the Indian market is
getting enlarged and many players are coming out with cosmetic products especially
skin care products for men. Globalization will certainly increase cosmetic products
penetration and all professionals shall equip themselves to exploit opportunities offered
by this sector.

The consumers are the largest economic group in any country and the present day
business activities are because of consumers only. Thus, consumers are the pillars of
the economy. The consumers are not only the heart of marketing system, but also the
controller of marketing functions. But it the modern marketing system consumers
sovereignty has become a myth on account of the variety of problems in the process of
merchandising. The study of consumer behavior enables marketers to understand and
predict consumer behavior in the market place; It also promote understanding of the
role that consumption plays in the lives of individual.

This gives me an opportunity to work on with this endeavor focusing on the

Consumer behavior and perception of women towards cosmetics with special reference
to the Lakme¶s cosmetics products¶. The primary objective of the study is to understand
the consumer behavior and perception of women by studying the awareness of the
financial products within the consumers and the number of consumers who take the
products from Lakme.

The introductory chapter gives and insight to the cosmetic industry. It briefly explains
about the history of cosmetic sector. It also contain the organizational profile of Lakme,
stating about its mile stones, vision, products, protection solutions, advertising
effectiveness and finally about its marketing strategies and challenges.

The second chapter gives a glimpses idea about the area of dissertation i.e. theoretical
background of the study. This part clearly explains the theoretical part of consumer
behavior in general. It also includes statement of the problem, need and impotents of
the present study and focal objectives of the dissertation undertaken. The third chapter
explains about literature review. It briefly describes what all are the information source
for the present study and what benefits has derived from the reference of those
literatures.


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Next part explains about the research methodology. With the basic understanding of the
study research design was formulated. To collect the data, questionnaires was
prepared.

The necessary data were collected through personal interviews and interaction with
users of Lakme products. This chapter specifically explains about the type of research,
sample technique, sample size, actual collection of data and the tools used for the
testing of hypothesis.

The last but one chapter contains the analysis and interpretation of data collected. The
collected data was coded through tally bars and presented in percentage wise and
depicted in the form of graphical representation. It also includes the hypothesis test
about the overall result of the present study.

The last chapter is entirely the exploration of the research study giving all respondents
opinion in nutshell as findings i.e. stating that around percentage of customers behave
positively towards the Lakme,s products. The dissertation ends up with the suggestions
in order to modify the current system for a higher growth and progress.



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INTRODUCTION TO CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR

Consumer behaviour

Consumer behaviour is the study of when, why, how, and where people do or do not
buy product. It blends elements from psychology, sociology, social anthropology and
economics. It attempts to understand the buyer decision making process, both
individually and in groups. It studies characteristics of individual consumers such as
demographics and behavioural variables in an attempt to understand people's wants. It
also tries to assess influences on the consumer from groups such as family, friends,
reference groups, and society in general.

Customer behaviour study is based on consumer buying behaviour, with the customer
playing the three distinct roles of user, payer and buyer. Relationship marketing is an
influential asset for customer behaviour analysis as it has a keen interest in the re-
discovery of the true meaning of marketing through the re-affirmation of the importance
of the customer or buyer. A greater importance is also placed on consumer retention,
customer relationship management, personalisation, customisation and one-to-one
marketing. Social functions can be categorized into social choice and welfare functions.

Each method for vote counting is assumed as a social function but if Arrow¶s possibility
theorem is used for a social function, social welfare function is achieved. Some
specifications of the social functions are decisiveness, neutrality, anonymity,
monotonocity, unanimity, homogeneity and weak and strong Pareto optimality. No
social choice function meets these requirements in an ordinal scale simultaneously. The
most important characteristic of a social function is identification of the interactive effect
of alternatives and creating a logical relation with the ranks. Marketing provides services
in order to satisfy customers. With that in mind, the productive system is considered
from its beginning at the production level, to the end of the cycle, the consumer.

Belch and Belch define consumer behaviour as 'the process and activities people
engage in when searching for, selecting, purchasing, using, evaluating, and disposing of
products and services so as to satisfy their needs and desires'.'


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BLACK BOX MODEL

Marketing Environmental Buyer Decision Buyer


Stimuli Stimuli characteristics problem response
Product economic attitudes Problem Product choice
recognition
Price technological motivation Information Brand
Place political perceptions search choice
cultural personality Alternative Dealer
evaluation choice
Purcahse
timing
Promotion demographic lifestyle Purchase Purchase
decision amount
The black box model shows the interaction of stimuli, consumer characteristics, decision
process and consumer responses. It can be distinguished between interpersonal stimuli
(between people) or intrapersonal stimuli (within people). The black box model is related
to the black box theory of behaviourism, where the focus is not set on the processes
inside a consumer, but the relation between the stimuli and the response of the
consumer. The marketing stimuli are planned and processed by the companies,
whereas the environmental stimulus are given by social factors, based on the
economical, political and cultural circumstances of a society. The buyers black box
contains the buyer characteristics and the decision process, which determines the
buyers response.

The black box model considers the buyers response as a result of a conscious, rational
decision process, in which it is assumed that the buyer has recognized the problem.
However, in reality many decisions are not made in awareness of a determined problem
by the consumer.

Æ Information search

Once the consumer has recognised a problem, they search for information on products
and services that can solve that problem. Belch and Belch (2007) explain that
consumers undertake both an internal (memory) and an external search.

Æ Sources of information include:


© Personal sources
© Commercial sources


© Public sources


© Personal experience
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The relevant internal psychological process that is associated with information search is
perception. Perception is defined as 'the process by which an individual receives,
selects, organises, and interprets information to create a meaningful picture of the
world'.

THE SELECTIVE PERCEPTION PROCESS:

1. Stage Description

- Selective exposure consumers select which promotional messages they will expose
themselves to.
- Selective attention consumers select which promotional messages they will pay
attention to
- Selective comprehension consumer interpret messages in line with their beliefs,
attitudes, motives and experiences
- Selective retention consumers remember messages that are more meaningful or
important to them

The implications of this process help develop an effective promotional strategy, and
select which sources of information are more effective for the brand.CV

2. Information evaluation

At this time the consumer compares the brands and products that are in their evoked
set. How can the marketing organization increase the likelihood that their brand is part
of the consumer's evoked (consideration) set? Consumers evaluate alternatives in
terms of the functional and psychological benefits that they offer. The marketing
organization needs to understand what benefits consumers are seeking and therefore
which attributes are most important in terms of making a decision

3. Purchase decision

Once the alternatives have been evaluated, the consumer is ready to make a purchase
decision. Sometimes purchase intention does not result in an actual purchase. The
marketing organization must facilitate the consumer to act on their purchase intention.
The organisation can use variety of techniques to achieve this. The provision of credit or
payment terms may encourage purchase, or a sales promotion such as the opportunity
to receive a premium or enter a competition may provide an incentive to buy now. The
relevant internal psychological process that is associated with purchase decision is
 

integration.Once the integration is achieved, the organisation can influence the




purchase decisions much more easily.


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Ú. Postpurchase evaluation

It is common for customers to experience concerns after making a purchase decision.


This arises from a concept that is known as ³cognitive dissonance´. The customer,
having bought a product, may feel that an alternative would have been preferable. In
these circumstances that customer will not repurchase immediately, but is likely to
switch brands next time.

To manage the post-purchase stage, it is the job of the marketing team to persuade the
potential customer that the product will satisfy his or her needs. Then after having made
a purchase, the customer should be encouraged that he or she has made the right
decision.it is not effected by advertisement.

FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE CONSUMER BEAHVIOUR:

Internal influences

Consumer behaviour is influenced by: demographics, psychographics (lifestyle),


personality, motivation, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and feelings. consumer behaviour
concern with consumer need consumer actions in the direction of satisfying needs leads
to his behaviour of every individuals depend on thinking.

External influences

Consumer behaviour is influenced by: culture,sub-culture, locality, royalty, ethnicity,


family, social class, reference groups, lifestyle, and market mix factors

Consumer purchases are influenced strongly by or there are four factors.

The following are the certain factors which influence the consumer behavior:

01. Cultural Factor :-

Cultural factor divided into three sub factors (i) Culture (ii) Sub Culture (iii) Social Class

À Culture:-

The set of basic values perceptions, wants, and behaviours learned by a member of
society from family and other important institutions. Culture is the most basic cause of a
person¶s wants and behaviour. Every group or society has a culture, and cultural


influences on buying behaviour may vary greatly from country to country.



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À Sub Culture :-

A group of people with shared value systems based on common life experiences and
situations.

Each culture contains smaller sub cultures a group of people with shared value system
based on common life experiences and situations. Sub culture includes nationalities,
religions, racial group and geographic regions. Many sub culture make up important
market segments and marketers often design products.

À Social Class:-

Almost every society has some form of social structure, social classes are society¶s
relatively permanent and ordered divisions whose members share similar values,
interests and behaviour.

02. Social Factors :-

A consumer¶s behaviour also is influenced by social factors, such as the (i) Groups (ii)
Family (iii) Roles and status

À Groups :-

Two or more people who interact to accomplish individual or mutual goals.

A person¶s behavious is influenced by many small groups. Groups that have a direct
influence and to which a person belongs are called membership groups. Some are
primary groups includes family, friends, neighbours and coworkers. Some are
secondary groups, which are more formal and have less regular interaction. These
includes organizations like religious groups, professional association and trade unions.

À Family:-

Family members can strongly influence buyer behaviour. The family is the most
important consumer buying organization society and it has been researched
extensively. Marketers are interested in the roles, and influence of the husband, wife
and children on the purchase of different products and services.

À Roles and Status :-




A person belongs to many groups, family, clubs, organizations.

The person¶s position in each group can be defined in terms of both role and status.

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03. Personal Factors :-

It includes

Age and life cycle stage (ii) Occupation (iii) Economic situation (iv) Life Style (v)
Personality and self concept.

À Age and Life cycle Stage:-

People changes the goods and services they buy over their lifetimes. Tastes in food,
clothes, furniture, and recreation are often age related. Buying is also shaped by the
stage of the family life cycle.

À Occupation :-

A person¶s occupation affects the goods and services bought. Blue collar workers tend
to buy more rugged work clothes, whereas white-collar workers buy more business
suits. A Co. can even specialize in making products needed by a given occupational
group. Thus, computer software companies will design different products for brand
managers, accountants, engineers, lawyers, and doctors.

À Economic situation :-

A person¶s economic situation will affect product choice

À Life Style :-

Life Style is a person¶s Pattern of living, understanding these forces involves measuring
consumer¶s major AIO dimensions. i.e. activities (Work, hobbies, shopping, support etc)
interest (Food, fashion, family recreation) and opinions (about themselves, Business,
Products)

À Personality and Self concept :-

Each person¶s distinct personality influence his or her buying behaviour. Personality
refers to the unique psychological characteristics that lead to relatively consistent and
lasting responses to one¶s own environment.

0Ú. Psychological Factors :-

It includes these Factors.




i) Motivation (ii) Perception (iii) Learning (iv) Beliefs and attitudes



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À Motivation :-

Motive (drive) a need that is sufficiently pressing to direct the person to seek satisfaction
of the need

À Perception :-

The process by which people select, Organize, and interpret information to form a
meaningful picture of the world.

À Learning:-

Changes in an individuals behaviour arising from experience.

À Beliefs and attitudes :-

Belief is a descriptive thought that a person holds about something

Attitude, a Person¶s consistently favourable or unfavourable evaluations, feelings, and


tendencies towards an object or idea



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INTRODUCTION TO PERCEPTION

Human beings may differ because of their differences & uniqueness. People often see
the same situation/ phenomenon differently within the organization & outside the
organization. For example: when there is an accident in the factory, the supervisor may
treat it as the carelessness of worker while the worker may treat it as lack of adequate
provision of security measures. Thus the situation remaining the same, cause has been
assigned differently by different group of people. In order to understand why people see
the same situation differently, one has to understand PERCEPTION & its different
aspect.

WHAT IS PERCEPTION ?

Perception is a congnitive process. Cognition is basically bit of information; cognitive


process involves the way in which people process/understand that information.
Perception process involves selecting, organising and interpreting the stimulus. Thus
perception is the process selecting, organizing and interpreting or attaching meaning to
the events happening in the environment. However, what one can perceive can be
different from objective reality. Their need not be but there is often, disagreement. For
example: it¶s possible that all the employee in a firm may view it as a great place to work
favorable working conditions, interesting job assignment, good pay and excellent benefit
but as most of us know, it¶s very unusual to find such agreement.

DEFINITION

³PERCEPTION may be defined as a process by which individual organize and interpret


their sensory impression in order to give meaning to their environment.´

FEATURES OF PERCEPTION

À Perception is the intellectual process through which a person selects the data
from the environment, organizes it, and obtains meaning from it.
À Perception is a psychological process also. The manner in which people perceive
the environment affects his behavior.
À Perception, being an intellectual and psychological process, becomes a
subjective process and different people may perceive the same environmental
event differently.


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PERCEPTUAL PROCESS :

Perception process is explained by input-throughput-output approach. This approach


emphasizes that there is input which is processed and gives output. Perceptual process
present three elements of perception. These are: existence of stimuli (objects, event,
&people) perceptual mechanism (selecting, organising, & interpretation) and perceptual
outputs (attitude, opinion, & values). Perceptual output along with other determinant of
human behavior affects and shape behavior. Let us see how perceptual process works
in terms of its three basic elements.

1. PERCEPTUAL INPUT: The stimuli in the environment- objects, events, or


people- can be considered as the perceptual inputs. Thus everything in the
setting where the events occur, or which contributes to the occurrence of the
events, can be treated as perceptual input. When the perceiver interacts with a
stimulus, sensation take place which starts perceptual process. (Sensation is
described as the response of a physical sensory organ. The physical senses are
vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.)
2. PERCEPION MECHANISM: Perceptual mechanism involves three elements-
selection of stimuli, organization of stimuli, and interpretation of stimuli.
3. SELECTION OF STIMULI: After receiving the stimuli from the environment,
some are selected for further processing while others are screened out because
it is not possible for a person to select all stimuli which he see in the
environment. There are two types of factors which affects the selection of stimuli.
These are external and related to stimuli and internal related to the perceiver.
Ú. ORGANISATION OF STIMULI : After the stimuli are selected these are
organized in some form of in order to make sense out of that. The various forms
of organizing stimuli are figure-ground, perceptual grouping, simplification and
closure.
5. INTERPRETATION OF STIMULI: The perceptual inputs that have been
organized will have to be interpreted by the perceiver to extract some meaning of
what is going on in the situation. People interpret the meaning of what they have
selected and organized in term of their own assumption of people, things and
situations. They interpret the things as good/bad, beautiful/ugly, and so on.
Interpretation of stimuli is affected by situation under which perception take place
and characteristics of perceiver.
6. PERCEPTUAL OUTPUT : Based on perceptual mechanism which ends with


interpretation of stimuli, perceptual output emerges. The output may be in the


form of attitudes, opinions, beliefs, impression about the stimuli. This output


along with other factors affecting human behavior may result in overt behavior.
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PERCEPTUAL SELECTIVITY

Perception is a selective process. While selection, certain aspects of stimuli are


screened out and others are admitted. For example: when people read a newspaper,
they do not read the entire newspaper but read only those news which interest them.
This is known as perceptual selectivity. This is caused by
variety of factors which may be grouped into two categories:

R. Extrenal factor

2. Internal factor

EXTERNAL FACTORS

The external factors are Nature, Location, Size, Intensity, Repetition, Novelty &
Familiarity, Contrast And Motion. Their impacct on the perceptual selectivity is as follow:

1. NATURE : By nature we mean, whether the object is visual or auditory, and


whether it involves pictures, peoples or animals. It is well known that pictures
attract attention more readily than words.
2. LOCTION : The best location of a visual stimulus for attracting attention is in the
center of the page. When this position is not available in the newspaper or a
magazine, a position in the upper portion of a page is more favourable than on in
the lower portion and left hand side receive more attention than the right hand
side.
3. SIZE : Generally objects of larger or bigger size attract more attention than the
smaller ones. For Example: in an advertisement in newspaper full page spread
attract more attention than a few lines in the classified section.
Ú. INTENSITY : The intensity principle states that more intentse the external
stimulus is, the more likely is to be perceived. A loud sound, or bright light is
noticed more as compared to soft sound, or dim light. For Example:
advertisement on televisions are slightly louder than the regular programmes to
gain customer¶s attention.
5. REPETITION : The repetition principle states that a repeated external
environment is more attention- getting than a single one. Repetition increase
people¶s alertness to the stimulus. For example: Advertisers use this principle by
repeated advertisement of the same product to attract people¶s attention.
6. NOVELTY & FAMILIAIRTY :Novelty & familiarity principle state that either a


novel or a familiar external situation can serve as attention-getter. New objects or


events in a familiar setting, or familiar objects or events in new setting draw


better attention.
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Ã. CONTRAST : Contrast is a kind of uniqueness which can be used for attention
getting. Letters of bold types, persons dressed differently than others, buildings
of different colors in the same locality,etc. get more attention.
8. MOTION : Motion principle states that a moving object draws more attention as
compared to a stationary object. For Example: commercial on televisions
(moving ones) get more attention than print media.

INTERNAL FACTORS While external factors are related to environment stimuli,


internal factors are related to the individual¶s complex psychological makeup or oneself.
People generally select those stimuli and situation which are compatible to their
personality, motivation, and other personal factors. Such factors are- self-concept,
inner- needs, response disposition, individual attitude, interest, learning, and
experience. A brief description of their impact on perception selectivity is as follow:

1. SELF-CONCEPT : The way a person views the world depends a great deal on
the concept or image he has about himself. Knowing oneself makes it easier to
see others accurately. People¶s own characteristics affect the characteristics
which they are likely to see in others. They select only that aspects which they
find match with their characteristics.
2. INNER NEEDS : People¶s perception is determined by their inner needs. The
need is feeling of tension or discomfort when one thinks him missing something
or when he feels he has not quite closed a gap in his knowledge. People with
different needs select different items to remember or respond to. When people
are not able to satisfy their needs¶ they are engaged in wishful thinking, which is
a way to satisfy the needs not in real world but imaginary world , the day
dreaming.
3. RESPONSE DISPOSITION : Response disposition refers to a person¶s tendency
to perceive familiar stimuli rather than unfamiliar ones. Thus, a person perceives
the things with which he is familiar. For Example: persons having dominant
religious value took lesser time in recognizing such related word as µpriest¶
whereas they took longer time in recognizing words related with economic value
such as µcost¶ or µprice¶.
Ú. INDIVIDIAL ATTITUDE : The person tries to fit his attitude (whether positive or
negative) in the situation and perceive something. For Example: if a person
always thinks negative, he thinks that whatever is happen in his life will be
negative, he will perceive everything in the negative way. On the contrary if he


thinks positive, he is an optimistic, he will perceive everything in a positive way.



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5. INTEREST : If a person is interested in something he will perceive that thing in
better way. On the other hand, if the person is not interested in that thing, he will
not perceive that thing in a better way. For Example: children watch television
with the good interest and curiosity, so they perceive quickly whatever is shown
in TV.
6. LEARNING & EXPERIENCE : People perceive many things differently
according to their learning and experience of the past. If a person has wrong
impression or bad past experience of something, he see the things negative and
he perceive that thing in only negative way because it is his experience that
forces him to perceive in this way.

PERCEPTUAL ORGANISATION People tend to organize the stimuli rather than


perceiving it as a whole. Following ways:

À Figure and ground relationships: The figure represents what catches your
attention as distinct and unique, while the ground indicates what you perceive as
routine.
À Grouping helps individuals break up information and register it in their memory.
That way, even use of multiple stimuli can work and create several associations.
À Closure is a need of consumers as well. They want to take the message to its
logical conclusion if the stimulus does not give complete information. Teaser ads
take advantage of this.

Does the consumer perceive the stimuli as intended? Perceptual distortion can occur
due to a variety of reasons:

À Physical appearance: The kind of people you are using in advertisements will
distort perceptions, which has to be used to your benefit.
À Stereotypes that develop can distort perception
À First impressions of a product/service get carried on for a long time.
À Ìumping to conclusions: If you cannot present yourself differently, the prospect
can jump to conclusions before you even make a presentation, e.g. tele calling
À Halo effect: One or two dimensions of the stimuli will create broad perceptions
on the product. Brand extension can be an example.

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Review of Literature
When consumers perceive an advertisement for a certain brand as promoting another,
it is not only ineffective, but even counterproductive (Kamen, R987; Poiesz and
Verhallen, R989): it produces an effect that the advertiser specially wants to avoid.

Therefore, perception, although seldomly studied, is a phenomenon that has an


impact over its consumers, and researchers. unremitting attention, and measures of
consumer behavior and perception should be added to the more conventional
measures to increase the sales of a product(Poiesz and Verhallen, R989).

Consumer behavior is studied so that we can come to know that how perception and
attitude of a person decides that what should be the buying pattern of the consumers
(Poiesz and Verhallen, R989).

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Not only the consumer behavior but the perception of consumers, may be the subject
of people buying the products of lakme (Poiesz and Verhallen, R989).
Correct identification and confusion are not perfectly related. It is possible that the
recipient of the message cannot attribute any particular brand to an advertising
message, in which case he/she is not really confused, but simply does not have any
idea.

A consumer confusing brands thinks he/she recognises the brand. Depending upon
what is the perception of the consumers, it can be positive or negative. (Häcker and
Verhallen, R988; Poiesz and Verhallen, R989). Negative perception refers to the extent
to which the respondents will not buy the product. Positive brand perception refers to
the degree to which the other respondents are willing to buy the product. Positive
Brand perception is an advantage for a brand. Negative brand perception may be a
threat to a clear positioningof the product amongst the women.

Brengman et al. (200R) found that Consumers most vulnerable to brand perception
generally have higher level of knowledge about the products which they are using.

Products are becoming more and more objectively similar with respect to their
functionality and product presentation (Poiesz and Verhallen, R989). Ha (R996) refers
to the degree of similarity and proximity of advertisements. (De Pelsmacker and
Geuens, R997a).the more the proximity the more consumers are prone to buy the
products.
Successfuladvertising techniques get imitated and waves of similar advertising arise.
It can be expected that ahigher DOSS leads to more brand confusion. In parallel,
similarity in visual appearance of productshas also been found to be a major reason
for confusion in advertising (Loken and Ross, R986; Ward andLoken, R986).
 

Furthermore, in a study of brand perception of consumers citedthe product or the


packaging. as a primary reason for recognition and buying of the product. (De


Pelsmacker and Van Den Bergh, R997b).


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INTRODUCTION TO COSMETICS INDUSTRY IN INDIA
India, with a population of nearly a billion people, is a country of contrasts. India's
urban population is the main engine that fuels the demand for various cosmetic
products. The µmorphing¶ of India is subtle and the changes are not visible for the first
time visitor. However, the market liberalization process that began in R99R, along with
the crowning of three Indians as Miss World and Miss Universe during the preceding
four years, have made Indian women conscious of their appearance. Consequently,
the cosmetic consumption patterns of Indian women have changed, and this trend is
fuelling growth in the cosmetic sector. The Indian cosmetics and toiletries market grew
by 8.7% in current value terms in 200R, with value sales amounting to RsR26 billion.

The market for cosmetics and toiletries in India is characterized by high volume sales
of low-end toiletry products, while at the same time the legendary emerging middle-
class has generally been fuelling demand for cosmetics and upper-mass toiletries.
Products that are too specialized have yet to be successful on the Indian market.
Examples include toners, hand care and other value-added skin care products, bath &
shower products and aftershave balm. Only the richest consumers can afford these;
indeed, the average consumer may be unaware of their purpose or even existence.
This also explains the relatively poor showing of perfumes, especially the premium
variety.

This cosmetics and personal care industry has been growing at an average rate of 20
per cent for the last few years. The growing Indian cosmetics market offers promising
prospects for international brands. The growth rate in the cosmetics market reflects an
increasing demand for beauty care products in India. Perfumes and fragrances, skin
care, and hair care products are some of the major segments with promising
prospects for U.S. companies. Penetration of most cosmetic and toiletries is very low
in India. Current consumption of many products is well below that of many countries in
Asia. The low market penetration of many cosmetics and personal care products
offers room for growth.

Market Overview :

The current size of the Indian cosmetic market is approximately US$ 600 million. Of
this, the fastest growing segment is color cosmetics, accounting for around US$ 60
million of the market. Industry sources estimate a rapid growth rate of 20 percent per
annum across different segments of the cosmetics industry reflecting an increasing


demand for all kinds of beauty and personal care product. Growth has come mainly
from the low and medium-priced categories that account for 90 percent of the

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cosmetics market in terms of volume.

Nail enamels and lipsticks account for around 6 percent of total color cosmetic sales
in India. Lakme, a brand originally introduced by the Tata group of India, now bought
over by Hindustan Lever (HLL) of the Unilever group, Tips & Toes, another domestic
player, and Revlon dominate the US$ 60 million color cosmetics market.

Multinationals, Revlon of the U.S. and L'Oreal's Maybelline has a dominant share of
the small premium lipsticks and nail enamels market. Mass-market products account
for a major share; while the premium segment accounts only for a mere 9 per cent in
lipsticks and  per cent in nail enamels. The skin care market in India is estimated at
US$ R80 million. Within the last decade, this segment has seen many consumers
slowly shift from the mass to the premium end of the market. In the skin-care segment,
price and volume played an equal role in value growth. From a very basic level of
most consumers using only face cream and moisturizers, the market for more
specialized skin care products such as sun screens, toners, cleansers, and
astringents, dark circle removing creams, anti-wrinkle creams and day and night
creams seems to have grown steadily in recent years.

Moisturizing lotions, fairness creams and face cleansers are the popular categories in
the skin-care segment and account for approximately 60 percent of the skin-care
segment. The major players in this segments are Lakme, Ponds, Fair & Lovely of the
HLL group with a 0 percent market share, followed by players such as J.L. Morison
that markets the Nivea range of products in India, Godrej and Revlon. The size of the
hair care market in India is estimated at more than US$ 200 million, 0 percent of
which interestingly comes from sales of shampoo. International companies like
Unilever through its subsidiary, Hindustan Lever (Sun silk, Organics, Clinic, and Lux);
and Procter & Gamble (with brands such as Pantene, Head & Shoulders) dominate
the shampoo market in India with approximately 8 and 20 percent market share
respectively.

The market for hair creams, mainly used for hair grooming by men is also very small.
Hair oiling, an age old tradition of Indians and mainly used as a pre-wash nourishment
is a major segment in this sector and has giants like HLL and local Dabur and Marico
Industries fighting for market share in the hair oil segment. More and more shelves in
shops and boutiques are stocked with cosmetics from around the world. Since
liberalization, many international brands like Avon, Burberrys, Calvin Klein, Cartier,


Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Lancome, Chambor, Coty, L'Oreal,
Oriflame, Revlon, L'Oreal, Yardley, Wella, Schwarzkopf, Escada, Nina Ricci, Rochas,


Yves St. Laurent and Japanese cosmetics company, Shiseido have entered the Indian
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market.

The prices of most foreign brands have been fairly high, which has deterred average
Indian consumers. International brands cater to a segment that can broadly be
classified as the urban higher income group. Penetration levels of international
cosmetics brands in India are still low. Foreign brands currently constitute only 20
percent of the market. A major reason for low penetration of international brands can
be attributed to high pricing.

Market Trends

Cosmetics and toiletries are not just the domain of women any longer and Indian men
too are increasingly taking to the use of more and more body sprays, perfumes and
other cosmetics and toiletries. With rising demand from men, the Indian market is
getting enlarged and many players are coming out with cosmetic products especially
skin care products for men. In the last five/six years, there has been a renewed craze
for herbal cosmetic and personal care products, especially in the skin care segment
with the growing belief that chemical-based cosmetics are harmful. Shehnaz Hussain,
Biotique, and Lotus Herbals are the major players in this segment. Many companies
also expanded their range to include herbal variants. The growing popularity for
natural products also attracted many primarily health-care companies such as
Himalaya Drugs (with its Ayurvedic Concepts range), and Dabur to launch natural-
based cosmetic products.

Import Market

Costs for importing products are much higher than producing it in the country. India
allows entry of imported cosmetics without any restrictions but the average import tariff
on cosmetics products is currently very high at 39.2 percent. This makes imported
products very expensive for most consumers. Most foreign cosmetics companies
selling premium brands have had a difficult time developing the low volume premium
market in India.

Competition

The Indian cosmetic market, which has been traditionally a stronghold of a few major
Indian players like Lakme, and Ponds has seen a lot of foreign entrants to the market
within the last decade. India is a very price sensitive market and the cosmetics and


personal care product companies, especially the new entrants have had to work out
new innovative strategies to suit Indian preferences and budgets to establish a hold on


the market and establish a niche market for themselves. HLL and Revlon were the first
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to introduce small pack sizes. Revlon introduced its small-range of 8 ml nail polishes
and lipsticks, and was soon followed it its strategy by major Indian companies as well.

Small pack sizes have proved to be very popular in the Indian market as it offers a
consumer lower purchase cost and the opportunity to try new products. . In the skin-
care segment, from just creams and moisturizers, there has been a upgrade to value-
added products such as under-eye wrinkle removing creams, dark circle removing
creams toners, sunscreen lotions, fairness creams, and many more.

The color cosmetics market saw new products such as smudge-proof lipsticks and
mascaras, liquid lip color, and long-stay lipsticks being introduced. These specialized
applications led to growth in volumes and also enabled companies to price the
products at a premium, driving up value growth.

L'Oreal markets its range of specialized hair care products exclusively through salons
and beauty parlors. L'Oreal currently is the only company in the market that has a hair
color range tailored exclusively for parlors. The company was also the first to
introduce modern hair color and shampoos for colored hair in the Indian market.

A strong brand promotional campaign, good distribution network, constant product


innovation and quality improvement, and the ability to provide a variety of quality
products are some of the major reasons for the success of most companies.

HUL, is currently India's largest cosmetics and personal care products producer and
its brands has the dominant share (more than 0 percent) in segments such as
personal wash, skin care, shampoos, lipsticks and nail polish.

Sales Prospects

The growing Indian cosmetics market offers promising opportunities for international
brands. The growth rate in the cosmetics market reflects an increasing demand for
beauty care products in India. The most promising segments for international
companies to pursue are perfumes and fragrances, and specialized/professional skin
care and hair care products. The fastest growing market is however color cosmetics,
which account for US$ 60 million of the total market.

The rural market in India for cosmetics and toiletries remains is largely untapped.
Major domestic players have also not been able to penetrate this market. The urban
market itself for specialized cosmetic products remains to be fully exploited. The


Indian skin-care market is not yet fully tapped and offers promising prospects as a


growth area. Penetration of color cosmetics is lower than the penetration prospects of
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the skin-care segment.

To promote the growth of their products, a dominant player like Lakme have embarked
upon a business plan to establish their exclusive franchised beauty salons across
major metros in the country. Imported cosmetics have had a major impact on the
Indian market.

L'Oreal India has established a consumer advisory unit and Ponds, as mentioned
earlier offers skin care advise through touch-screen kiosks, and telephone help-lines.
Beautique - an exclusive one-stop shop for only imported cosmetic brands set up
recently in New Delhi has qualified beauty consultants to provide free advice and
make overs to consumers.

Market Access

Prior to March 3R, R999, India had cosmetics and toiletries on its restricted list of
imports and a special import license was required for import of cosmetics and toiletries
into the country. This regulation has now been done away with and, India today,
permits import of cosmetics and toiletries without any restrictions. This has made the
Indian market more attractive to foreign cosmetic companies. Imports have been
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INTRODUCTION TO HINDUSTAN UNILEVER PRIVATE LIMITED

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) (BSE: HUL) is India's largest fast moving consumer
goods company, touching the lives of two out of three Indians with over 20 distinct
categories in home & personal care products and food & beverages. They endow the
company with a scale of combined volumes of about million tonnes and sales of
over Rs. R3,000 crores. HUL is also one of the country's largest exporters; it has been
recognised as a Golden Super Star Trading House by the Government of India.

HUL was formed in R933 as Lever Brothers India Limited and came into being in R96
as Hindustan Lever Limited through a merger of Lever Brothers, Hindustan Vanaspati
Mfg. Co. Ltd. and United Traders Ltd.. It is headquartered in Mumbai, India and has an
employee strength of over R,000 employees and contributes for indirect employment
of over 2,000 people. The company was renamed in June 2007 to ³Hindustan
Unilever Limited´.

In 2007, Hindustan Unilever was rated as the most respected company in India for the
past 2 years by Businessworld, one of India¶s leading business magazines . The
rating was based on a compilation of the magazine annual survey of India¶s Most
Reputed Companies over the past 2 years. HUL is the market leader in Indian
consumer products with presence in over 20 consumer categories such as soaps, tea,
detergents and shampoos amongst others with over 700 million Indian consumers
using its products. It has over 3 brands. Sixteen of HUL¶s brands featured in the
ACNielsen Brand Equity list of R00 Most Trusted Brands Annual Survey (2008).
According to Brand Equity, HUL has the largest number of brands in the Most Trusted
Brands List. It¶s a company that has consistently had the largest number of brands in
the Top 0 and in the Top R0 (with brands).

Hindustan Unilever's distribution covers over R million retails outlets across India
directly and its products are available in over 6.3 million outlets in India, i.e., nearly
80% of the retail outlets in India. It has 39 factories in the country. Two out of three
Indians use the company¶s products and HUL products have the largest consumer
reach being available in over 80 per cent of consumer homes across India.


The Anglo-Dutch company Unilever owns a majority stake (2%) in Hindustan


Unilever Limited. HUL was one of the eight Indian companies to be featured on the

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Forbes list of World¶s Most Reputed companies in 2007.

History - Chronology

In the summer of R888, visitors to the Kolkata harbor noticed crates full of Sunlight
soap bars, embossed with the words "Made in England by Lever Brothers". With it,
began an era of marketing branded Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). Soon
after followed Lifebuoy soap in R89 and other famous brands like Pears, Lux and
Vim. Vanaspati ghee was launched in R9R8 and the famous Dalda brand came to the
market in R937.

In R93R, Unilever set up its first Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Vanaspati Manufacturing
Company, followed by Lever Brothers India Limited (R933) and United Traders Limited
(R93). These three companies merged to form HUL in November R96; HUL offered
R0% of its equity to the Indian public, being the first among the foreign subsidiaries to
do so. Unilever now holds 2.R0% equity in the company. The rest of the shareholding
is distributed among about 360,67 individual shareholders and financial institutions.

The erstwhile Brooke Bond's presence in India dates back to R900. By R903, the
company had launched Red Label tea in the country. In R9R2, Brooke Bond & Co.
India Limited was formed. Brooke Bond joined the Unilever fold in R98 through an
international acquisition. The erstwhile Lipton's links with India were forged in R898.
Unilever acquired Lipton in R972, and in R977 Lipton Tea (India) Limited was
incorporated.

Simultaneously, deregulation permitted alliances, acquisitions and mergers. In one of


the most visible and talked about events of India's corporate history, the erstwhile Tata
Oil Mills Company (TOMCO) merged with HUL, effective from April R, R993. In R99,
HUL and yet another Tata company, Lakme Limited, formed a 0:0 joint venture,
Lakme Unilever Limited, to market Lakme's market-leading cosmetics and other
appropriate products of both the companies. Subsequently in R998, Lakme Limited
sold its brands to HUL and divested its 0% stake in the joint venture to the company.

Some of its brands include Kwality Wall's ice cream, Knorr soups & meal makers,
Lifebuoy, Lux, Breeze, Liril, Rexona, Hamam and Moti soaps, Pureit water purifier,
Lipton tea, Brooke Bond tea, Bru coffee, Pepsodent and Close Up toothpaste and


brushes, and Surf, Rin and Wheel laundry detergents, Kissan squashes and jams,
Annapurna salt and atta, Pond¶s talcs and creams, Vaseline lotions, Fair and Lovely


creams, Lakmé beauty products, Clinic Plus, Clinic All Clear, Sunsilk and Dove
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shampoos, Vim dishwash, Ala bleach, Domex disinfectant, Rexona, Modern Bread,
and Axe deosprays.

COMPETITORS

Procter and Gamble (P&G) India : HUL faces a fierce competition from P&G India in
its key segments i.e. Detergents and Personal Care. It operates in India thorugh three
subsidiaries: Procter and Gamble Home Products (R00% subsidiary of the company),
Procter and Gamble Hygiene and Health care Ltd. (PGHH) and Gillette India Ltd. It
has in its portfolio some of P&G's Billion dollar brands such as Vicks & Whisper in
health care and Ariel and Tide in detergents segments.

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL): It has two segments: Soap (6 % of


revenues) and Personal Care.GCPL is second largest soap player in India after HUL
with a market share of 9.2%. Personal Care includes hair care products, shaving
cream and other toiletries.On December RR, 2008, it acquired R00% stake in SCA
Hygiene Products which owns the Snuggy brand of baby diapers.

Dabur India Limited - Dabur India Limited is an India-based fast moving consumer
goods company which deals in healthcare, personal care and food products.In
November 2008, Dabur India Limited announced the acquisition of 72.R% of Fem
Care Pharma Ltd which is primarily engaged in the business of export of personal care
products.

Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited : It manufactures a range of products marketed


under the Colgate which includes oral care products and Palmolive (skin care and hair
care products) brand names.

Marico Limited:Marico has a portfolio on high margin "Beauty and Wellness" platform
which includes hair oils, soaps, edible oils, skin care etc. This portfolio has shown a
growth of 30% over a period of FY0-08.


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INTRODUCTION OF LAKME UNILEVER PRIVATE LTD

³Lakme is the Indian woman¶s Beauty Sutra´ ± inspiring expression of her unique beauty
and sensuality.Lakme brings expert products and services that are borne out of true
understanding of the needs of the Indian woman. They help the Indian woman in
expression of her best self ± sensual, original, expressive, alive and intuitive. Lakme
inspires her to unleash the potency of her femininity, beauty and sensuality

Key facts

Lakme was the first major beauty brand in India and takes pride in being the expert on
Indian Beauty for over 0 years. It is complete beauty brand spanning colour cosmetics,
skin care & hair styling products and extending to beauty services through the network
of Lakme Beauty Salons. Its bond with beauty and fashion is manifested through the
Lakme Fashion Week, which is now the largest fashion event of its kind in the country.
Lakme has a foot print of over R200 assisted sales outlets, which is the largest span of
outlets with ³Beauty Advisors´ in the country.

Our vision

Unilever products touch the lives of over 2 billion people every day ± whether that's
through feeling great because they've got shiny hair and a brilliant smile, keeping their
homes fresh and clean, or by enjoying a great cup of tea, satisfying meal or healthy
snack.

A clear direction

The four pillars of our vision set out the long term direction for the company ± where we
want to go and how we are going to get there:

Æ We work to create a better future every day


Æ We help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and
services that are good for them and good for others.
We will inspire people to take small everyday actions that can add up to a big


Æ
difference for the world.

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Æ We will develop new ways of doing business that will allow us to double the size
of our company while reducing our environmental impact.

Purpose & principles

Our corporate purpose states that to succeed requires "the highest standards of
corporate behaviour towards everyone we work with, the communities we touch, and
the environment on which we have an impact."

Æ Always working with integrity

Conducting our operations with integrity and with respect for the many people,
organisations and environments our business touches has always been at the heart of
our corporate responsibility.

Æ Positive impact

We aim to make a positive impact in many ways: through our brands, our commercial
operations and relationships, through voluntary contributions, and through the various
other ways in which we engage with society.

Æ Continuous commitment

We're also committed to continuously improving the way we manage our environmental
impacts and are working towards our longer-term goal of developing a sustainable
business.

Æ Setting out our aspirations

Our corporate purpose sets out our aspirations in running our business. It's underpinned
by our code of business Principles which describes the operational standards that
everyone at Unilever follows, wherever they are in the world. The code also supports
our approach to governance and corporate responsibility.

Æ Working with others


 

We want to work with suppliers who have values similar to our own and work to the
same standards we do. Our Business partner code, aligned to our own Code of

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business principles, comprises ten principles covering business integrity and
responsibilities relating to employees, consumers and the environment.

A vitality mentality

Unilever's mission is to add Vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for nutrition,
hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get
more out of life. Our deep roots in local cultures and markets around the world give us
our strong relationship with consumers and are the foundation for our future growth. We
will bring our wealth of knowledge and international expertise to the service of local
consumers ± a truly multi-local multinational. Our long-term success requires a total
commitment to exceptional standards of performance and productivity, to working
together effectively, and to a willingness to embrace new ideas and learn continuously.

Code of business principles

Æ Standard of Conduct We conduct our operations with honesty, integrity and


openness, and with respect for the human rights and interests of our employees.
Æ Obeying the Law Unilever companies and our employees are required to
comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.
Æ Employees Unilever is committed to diversity in a working environment where
there is mutual trust and respect and where everyone feels responsible for the
performance and reputation of our company. We will recruit, employ and
promote employees on the sole basis of the qualifications and abilities needed
for the work to be performed.
Æ Consumers Products and services will be accurately and properly labelled,
advertised and communicated.
Æ Shareholders Unilever will conduct its operations in accordance with
internationally accepted principles of good corporate governance. We will provide
timely, regular and reliable information on our activities, structure, financial
situation and performance to all shareholders.
Æ Business Partners Unilever is committed to establishing mutually beneficial


relations with our suppliers, customers and business partners.



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Æ Community Involvement Unilever strives to be a trusted corporate citizen and,
as an integral part of society, to fulfil our responsibilities to the societies and
communities in which we operate.
Æ Public Activities Unilever companies are encouraged to promote and defend
their legitimate business interests. Unilever will co-operate with governments and
other organisations, both directly and through bodies such as trade associations,
in the development of proposed legislation and other regulations which may
affect legitimate business interests..
Æ The Environment Unilever is committed to making continuous improvements in
the management of our environmental impact and to the longer-term goal of
developing a sustainable business.
Æ Innovation In our scientific innovation to meet consumer needs we will respect
the concerns of our consumers and of society.
Æ Competition Unilever believes in vigorous yet fair competition and supports the
development of appropriate competition laws.
Æ Business Integrity Unilever does not give or receive whether directly or
indirectly bribes or other improper advantages for business or financial gain. No
employee may offer give or receive any gift or payment which is, or may be
construed as being, a bribe.
Æ Conflicts of Interests All Unilever employees are expected to avoid personal
activities and financial interests which could conflict with their responsibilities to
the company. Any breaches of the Code must be reported in accordance with
the procedures specified by the Chief Legal Officer.
Æ Business Partner Code We are committed to working with our business
partners to achieve high standards and to provide greater transparency on how
we work together.
Æ Maintaining high standards together To meet the expectations our consumers
have of our brands as high quality, reliable products, we form close working
relationships ± many of them long-term ± with our business partners. In support
of this approach, we have developed a Business Partner Code that is compatible
with our Code of Business Principles. The Code makes clear the standards to
which we expect our business partners to adhere. It contains R0 principles
covering business integrity and responsibilities relating to employees, consumers
and the environment.

Business partner code There shall be compliance with all applicable laws and


regulations of the country where operations are undertaken. There shall be respect for


human rights, and no employee shall suffer harassment, physical or mental punishment,
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or other form of abuse. Wages and working hours will, as a minimum, comply with all
applicable wage and hour laws, and rules and regulations, including minimum wage,
overtime and maximum hours in the country concerned .There shall be no use of forced
or compulsory labour, and employees shall be free to leave employment after
reasonable notice .

There shall be no use of child labour, and specifically there will be compliance with
relevant ILO standards .There shall be respect for the right of employees to freedom of
association* .Safe and healthy working conditions will be provided for all employees .

Æ Corporate Governance We have always aspired to high standards of corporate


governance. Transparency and accountability are the two basic tenets of
Corporate Governance. We, at Hindustan Unilever, feel proud to belong to a
Company whose visionary founders had laid the foundation stone for good
governance long back and made it an integral principle of the business,
demonstrated in the words above.

Our approach to Corporate Governance To succeed, we believe, requires the highest


standards of corporate behaviour towards everyone we work with, the communities we
touch, and the environment on which we have an impact. This is our road to
sustainable, profitable growth and creating long-term value for our shareholders, our
people, and our business partners.

LAKME¶S POSITIONING IN TERMS OF PERSONALITY AND SELF CONCEPT:

Lakme is a product range that caters to the beautification needs of not only women in
their adult age but in today's context teenagers also. It has a brand personality of
someone who takes care of you and your beauty needs. It tries to position itself
amongst its consumers as a product range that will help them look beautiful as is
evident from its catchphrases:

R. On top of the world!

2. Source of radiant beautyR!

Lakme has a range of beauty products to offer to its consumers. Some of the ways in
which it

tries to position itself:




R. Lakme Hair Color: magic of colors (collage).



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2. Lakme (versatile eye shadow collection): rich, long lasting and healthy make up.

3. Lakme fair perfect: For flawlessly fair skin!

. Lakme face magic: daily wear soufflé.

. Lakme (skin vitalizer): radiant skin, now and forever.

6. Lakme (moisturizer): radiant skin, now and forever.

7. Lakme nail polish and lipstick: electric brilliance/sensual brilliance

8. Lakme sun expert (sunscreen): sun safe hamesha! (face the sun with a smile)

9. Lakme pure defense: anti-pollution system.

R0. Lakme Tropical Island (cosmetics): defining the future of fashion.

RR.Lakme hair care (international): natural hair care

R2. Lakme hair next: exclusive range of hairstyle products that give you that salon look

instantly.

On the basis of above mentioned positioning strategies Lakme can have the following
characteristics that determine its personality:

· Someone who takes care of your beauty needs.

· A long lasting beautification product range.

· Something that is not harsh on your body or harmful for your beauty.

· A product that provides you with an option of getting beautiful hair.

· A product that helps you get a beautiful skin.

· A cosmetic product that you can wear for the entire day and not a special occasion.

· Someone who tells you right things about looking good.

· It's an Indian cosmetic brand.




· It covers all facets of beauty care for women.



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The following factors of Lakme's personality help in differentiation of its products from
the

competition:

· It covers all facets of beauty care.

· It helps arm the consumer with products to pamper her from head to toe i.e. a
complete

product range.

HOW LAKME IS INFLUENCING ITS CONSUMERS?

© THE CONCEPT OF EGO: · According to Freudian Psychoanalytic theory Lakme


tries to position itself on the basis of its appeal to the consumers which have an
ego. This means that the consumers of Lakme have an impulsive drive for which
they seek immediate satisfaction without concern for means of satisfaction. ·
Women all over the world are always expected to look good and Indian women
are no exception; More so because of the fact that Indian women in general do
not have a fair skin like that of their western counterparts. Thus it becomes but
natural for Indian women to try and look good and use beauty products that help
enhance their looks and style. With globalization and liberalization of Indian
economy and the changing demographics and income levels there is more and
more concern to look good as today's Indian woman is no longer confined to her
home but is a big contributor to the growth of Indian economy.
© THE CONCEPT OF PERSONALITY GROUPS: · Lakme tries to woo the
compliant consumers according to Karen Horney's classification of personality
groups i.e. people who move towards others. Those who have desire to be loved,
wanted and appreciated. As is earlier stated women are supposed to look good
not only in western countries but also in India. Women always appreciate if
someone calls them beautiful and it has become the custom of the society to see
women in such a context. So it would be prudent to say that according to the
societal norms a women has to look good at all times and which has a bearing on
the psychology of female consumers towards cosmetic products which help them
achieve that desired look. Needless to say that Lakme plays on the concept of


women wanting themselves to be appreciated for their beauty and being loved
for that.

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© CONCEPT OF PERCEPTUAL SELECTION: On the basis of perceptual
selection Lakme has tried to position itself among its consumers in the following
ways: Lakme has tried to gain the attention of its consumers by line extension
and having more and more product depth, packaging and attractive print
advertisements. If we look at the line extensions of Lakme than we would
observe that it is in almost all the segments of cosmetic care ranging from hair
care to skin care to beauty salons! Looking at the product depth it is pretty
evident that Lakme has actually tried to fill in all areas that it can, particularly the
nail paint and the lip color segment is a big hit among Indian women as it offers
them a wide variety of products in terms of colors as well as various styles that
they can choose from.

PROFILE OF THE ORGANISATION

Name of the company : LAKME UNILEVER PRIVTAE LTD

Address of Head office : R6R66 hindustan lever house


Backbay reclamation, church gate, Mumbai,
Maharashtra.india 00020

City : baddi

State :HIMACHAL PRADESH

Status : Private

Telephone number : -+9R 2222870622

Email : info@lakmelever.com

Website : http://lakmeindia.com

Chief executive officer : Mr.Anil chopra


Contact person : Richa puranesh- marketing manager

Mobile no : 9R2222802


Company¶s product range:

Lakme Lipstick.

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Lakme Nail Polish.

Lakme Eyeliner.

Lakme Kajal.

Lakme Strawberry Face Wash.

Lakme Radient Rose Powder.

Lakme Nail Enamel Remover.

Lakme Strawberry Silk Cream

Lakme Deep Pore Cleansing Milk



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RESEARCH
? METHODOLOGY

Research methodology is a careful investigation for inquiring in a systematic method and finding
solution of a problem. It comprises the defining and redefining of problem formulating hypothesis,
collection and evaluating data, making detection and reaching conclusion. This research consists of
following element.

OBJECTIVE OF STUDY

SOURCES OF DATA

RESEARCH DESIGN

SAMPLING DESIGN

OBÌECTIVES OF THE STUDY

R. To understand the attitudes and perception of respondents towards cosmetics products.

2. To understand the growth of cosmetics sector in today¶s scenario.

3. To study the respondents awareness towards lakme.

. To know people perception towards lakme products available in the market.

. To understand people¶s consumer behavior with reference to cosmetics.



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SOURCES OF DATA

Primary Source of Data

Primary data are those collected by the investigator himself for the first time and thus they are original
in character, they are collected for a particular purpose. A wellstructured questionnaire was personally
administrated to the selected sample to collect the primary data.

Secondary Source of Data

Secondary data are those, which have already been collected by some other persons for their purpose
and published. Secondary data are usually in the shape of finished products. External Data, was
generated from magazines, research books and internet (websites).

RESEARCH DESIGN

The study was conducted as an exploratory sampling survey method to collect primary and secondary
data.

SAMPLING DESIGN A sample is a representative part of the population. In sampling technique,


information is collected only from a representative part of the universe and the conclusions are drawn
on that basis for the entire universe. A random sampling technique was used to collect data from the
respondents. A random sample is a sample selected from a population in such a way that every
member of the population has a equal chance of being selected and the selection of any individual
does not influence the selection of any other. The selection is purely depends on chance. So while
conducting the survey, R00 respondents were selected at random.

SAMPLE SIZE Sample size denotes the number of elements selected for the study. For the present
study, R00 respondents were selected at random. All the R00 respondents were the customers of one
or another cosmetic industry. Out of these R00 respondents 60 were specifically Lakme customers.

SAMPLE DESCRIPTION The respondents of this dissertation was R00 cosmetics users of different
cosmetics companies in general, out of which 60 respondents were the users of Lakme in particular;
as the dissertation was focused on the consumer behavior and perception of users towards the
cosmetic products with special reference to Lakme. The respondents were personally contacted for
the purpose of the study. A questionnaire was used for survey and was answered by the customers of
different life insurance companies. Most of the respondents were in age group of R8-20; which was


having a frequency of 68, R respondents were in the age group of 2R-2 , R0 respondents were in the
age group of 2 -29 and 8 respondents were more than 30 years. According to gender wise, all were


female respondents. Nearly half of the respondents were students and a big chunk of the rest was
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employed women.

LIMITATION OF STUDY

R. An underlying assumption for the entire project is that the details and the feedback received from
the population is true.

2. It was difficult to find respondents as they were busy in their schedule, and collection of data was
very difficult. Therefore, the study had to be carried out based on the availability of respondents.

3. Some of the respondents were not ready to fill the questionnaires and some of them were not ready
to come out openly.

 

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TESTING OF HYPOTHESIS

The test of hypothesis begins with an assumption about the population from which the sample is
drawn. According to Prof.Morris Ham bury, ³A hypothesis is simply a quantitative statement about a
population´. Hypothesis testing deals with a procedure, which accepts or rejects the hypothesis.

Hypotheses are of two types:

R. Null Hypothesis

2. Alternate Hypothesis

Null Hypothesis

The null hypothesis is a very useful tool in testing the significance of difference. It states that there is
no real difference in the sample value and population value in the particular value under consideration.
This means that the observed difference is due to the random fluctuations. The null hypothesis is
denoted by Ho.

Alternate Hypothesis As against the null hypothesis the alternative hypothesis specify those values
that the researcher believes to hold true, and he hopes that the sample data lead to acceptance of this
hypothesis as true.

Types of Errors When a statistical hypothesis is tested there are four possibilities:

R. The hypothesis is true but the test reject it (Type R error)

2. The hypothesis is false but the test accepts it (Type RR error).

Level of Significance Confidence with which the null hypothesis is accepted or rejected depends on
what is called significant level. The probability, with which we may reject a null hypothesis, when it is
true, is called the level of significance. Therefore the level of significance is the risk, statisticians
running in his decision. The level of significance is denoted by µa¶. It is better to keep level of
significance at a low percentage. It means that we should not reject a true hypothesis.

Acceptance Region This represents the region with which the calculated value of the statistics must
lie to accept the null hypothesis. If calculated value lies in this region then the null hypothesis will be


rejected.

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Procedure for Testing Hypothesis

R. Set up a null hypothesis (Ho) and alternative hypothesis (HR) appropriate to the test to be
conducted.

2. Specify the suitable level of significance.

3. Decide the test criterion suitable to the test statistics

. Calculate the value of the test statistics using the appropriate formula

. Make decisions about accepting or rejecting the null hypothesis. If calculated value is less than
tabulated value, Ho is accepted, else, HA is accepted by rejecting Ho.

Tools used for testing of hypothesis

Chi- square Test: It is a non- parametric test. It describes the magnitude of discrepancy between
observed value and expected value. Higher the value of Chi-square y 2, greater the discrepancy
between the observed values from sample to sample. It is a statistic whose value is always positive
and varies from zero to infinity. It is the sum of difference between the expected value and observed
value. This distribution is a limiting approximation of multinomial distribution with g as the mean and 2g
(nu) as the variance of the distribution. The test depends on the set of observed and expected values
and the degree of freedom g (nu). It is a continuous distribution, which can be applied to discrete
random variables.

Degree of Freedom (DOF)

It is the number of classes to which the values can assigned arbitrarily with out violating the
restrictions or limitations placed. It is calculated using the following formulae.

DOF = (r- R)* (c ± R) where r is the no: of rows

C is the no: of columns DOF = (n-R), where n is the no: pairs of observed and expected values.

Condition for Applying Chi-square Test:




The total sample size must be reasonably large.



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No theoretical cell frequency should be less than . In case, the cell frequency is less

than , then µ Yates¶ correction factor will be applied.

The constraints on the cell frequency, if varies, should be linear.

Uses of Chi-square Test:

Æ It is used as a test of independence of attributes. This test brings association, if any, between
the attributes.
Æ It is used as a test of goodness of fit. In other words, it tests whether the given set of
observation will fit in to the distribution (normal, binomial etc«)
Æ It is used as a test of homogeneity. In other words, it tests whether a set of readings are more
uniform or non-uniform. So with this test we can determine whether two or mor independent
random samples are drawn from the same population or not.

Limitations of the study

R. An underlying assumption for the entire project is that the details and the feedback received from
the population is true.

2. It was difficult to find respondents as they were busy in their schedule, and collection of data was
very difficult. Therefore, the study had to be carried out based on the availability of respondents.

3. Some of the respondents were not ready to fill the questionnaires and some of them were not ready
to come out openly.

TEST OF HYPOTHESIS

Whether the consumers are satisfied with cosmetic products and services of Lakme company.

CUSTOMER COSMETIC SERVICES TOTAL


SATISFACTION PRODUCTS
SATISFIED 3 8 R0R
DISSATISFIED 7 R2 R9
TOTAL 60 60 R20


HYPOTHESIS:

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Ho : consumers are satisfied.

Ha: consumers are not satisfied.

Level of significance: %

Degree of freedom ( DOF): (R-R) (C-R) = (2-R) (2-R) = R

Tab=7.88

Test of statistics- (O-E)*2/E

OBSERVED VALUE EXPECTED VALUE (O-E)*2 (O-E)*2/E


(O) (E)
3 0.  0.099
7 9. - 0.26
8 0. - 0.099
R2 9.  0.26
TOTAL R.2

Cal = R.2

Tab = 7.88

Conclusion and Interpretation:

Since, the calculated value ( ҏcal) is lesser than tabulated value ( ҏtab), null hypothesis (Ho) is
accepted, i.e. alternate hypothesis (Ha) is rejected. It means consumers are satisfied products and
services of LAKME.



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R. Which company¶s cosmetics are you using?

Table showing that cosmetics of which company are most used.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


LOREAL 20 20%
LAKME 60 60%
GARNIER R R%
LOTUS 0 %



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© Out of the R00% population only 20% ladies are using loreal.
© Out of R00%of population only 60% of ladies are using Lakme.
© Out of R00% of population only R% of the ladies are using garnier.
© Out of R00% of population only % of the ladies are using lotus.

2. Which product are you using most often in a month?

Table showing that which product is being used most often in a month.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


HAIR CARE PRODUCTS R2 R2%
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS 20 20%
BODY CARE PRODUCTS R0 R0%
MAKE UP 8 8%


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© R2% of the women use hair products on monthly basis.


© 20% of the women use skin care products on the monthly basis.
© R0 % of the women use body care products.
© 8% of the women of the women use make up products.

3. Do you think that your product provides you with an option of healthy and long lasting harmless?

Table showing the number of people who think that think that their product provides them with an
option of healthy and long lasting harmless Makeup

particulars Frequency PERCENTAGE


Yes 8 8%
No 20 20%


May be R7 R7%
Not sure  %

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© 8% of the people trust their brand when it comes to healthy makeup.
© 20% of the people do not trust their brand when it comes to healthy makeup, but because
results use it.
© R7% of the people think that not all of the products of their brand is healthy.
© % of the people are not at all sure of the healthiness of their products.

. What is the reason that motivates you to use the products of a particular company?

Table showing the reasons that motivates the respondents to buy particular product.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


ECONOMICAL 3 3%


TRENDSETTER 20 20%
MEASURABLE RESULTS 28 28%


EASILY AVAILABLE R7 R7%


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© 3 respondents out of R00 respondents find their cosmetics to be economical.


© 20 respondents out of R00 respondents find their cosmetics to be trend setter.
© 28 respondents out of R00 respondents find their cosmetics to show measurable results.
© R7 respondents out of R00 respondents find their cosmetics to be easily available.

. Approximately how much do you spend in the buying of cosmetics?

Table showing that how much the respondents invest in the buying of cosmetics.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


Below Rs. 500 68 68%


Rs. 500 ± Rs. 1000 R2 R2%


Rs. 1000- Rs. 2000 R R %


Rs. 2000 and above 6 6%


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© 68 respondents out of R00 respondents spend below Rs . 00 in cosmetics.


© R2 respondents out of R00 respondents spend Rs. 00- Rs. R000 in cosmetics.
© R respondents out of R00 respondents spend Rs. R000 ± Rs. 2000 in cosmetics.
© 6 respondents out of R00 respondents spend more than Rs. 2000 in cosmetics.

6. Do you find your cosmetic products economical?

Table showing that how many respondents find their cosmetics to be economical.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


 

YES 9
NO 30 30%


MAY BE RR RR%
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© 9 respondents out of R00 respondents believe that their cosmetics are economical.
© 30 resondents out of R00 respondents believe that their cosmetics are not economical.
© RR respondents out of R00 respondents say that not all the products are economical.
© R0 respondents out of R00 respondents are not at all sure of economic reliability of their
cosmetics.

7. If you are being asked to choose amongst one of the best product that you use, what would that
be?


Table showing the best cosmetic product of the respondents of their brand .

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE



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SUNSCREEN LOTION 9 9%
HAIR BOUNCERS CREME R R%
MOISTURIZERS 9 9%
LIP GLOSS R7 R7%

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© 9 respondents out of R00 respondents found sunscreen lotion to be the best product.
© R respondents out of R00 respondents found hair bouncers crème to be the best product.
© 9 respondents out of R00 respondents found moisturizers to be the best product.
© R7 respondents out of R00 respondents found lip gloss to be the best product.

8. What services of your favourite company you appreciate the most?

Table showing the most appreciated service provided by their favourite company.


PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE




STEAM BATH 32 32%


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FACIAL/ MASSAGE %
HAIR SERVICES( 20 20%
rebounding etc)

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© 32 respondents out of R00 respondents like steam bath service.


© R respondents out of R00 respondents like manicure/pedicure.
© respondents out of R00 respondents like facial/ massage.
© 20 respondents out of R00 respondents like hair services.

9. What motivates you to buy lakme products?




Table showing the reasons which motivates the respondents to buy lakme products


PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


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MEASURABLE RESULTS 2O 33.33%
ECONOMICAL R8 30%
EASILY AVAILABLE R2 20%
TREND SETTER RO R6.66%

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© 20 respondents out of total 60 lakme respondents use lakme products for the measurable
results.
© R8 respondents out of 60 lakme respondents use its products as they are economical.
© R2 respondents out of 60 lakme respondents use its products as they are easily available.
© R0 respondents out of 60 lakme respondents use its products as they are trend setters.

R0 . In which cosmetics of lakme do you invest your money more?




Table showing the lakme cosmetic in which the maximum investment is done by respondents.

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PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE
SUNSCREEN LOTION 3 6.66%
HAIR BOUNCERS CREME 9 R%
MOISTURIZERS  8.33%
LIP GLOSS R2 20%

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© 3 respondents out of the total 60 lakme respondents spend maximum money in sunscreen
lotion.
© 9 respondents out of the total 60 respondents spend maximum money in hair bouncers crème.
©  respondents out of the total 60 lakme respondents spend maximum money in moisturizers.
© R2 respondents out of the total 60 respondents spend their maximum money in lip gloss.


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Table showing the level of information of respondents on Lakme as a brand.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PARTICULARS


EXCELLENT R 23.33%
GOOD 28 6.66%
MODERATE R0 R6.66%
BAD 8 R3.33%

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© R respondents out of 60 lakme respondents had excellent knowledge about lakme as a brand.
© 28 respondents out of 60 lakme respondents had good knowledge about lakme as a brand.
© R0 respondents out of 60 lakme respondents had moderate knowledge about lakme as a brand.
© 8 respondents out of total 60 respondents had bad knowledge about lakme as a brand.


R2. what is the purpose for which you buy lakme products?

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Table showing the purpose for which the respondents buy the lakme products

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


SKIN PROTECTION R7 28.33%
LONG AND STRONG R3 2R.66%
HAIR
GLOW AND ACNE FREE R0 R6.66%
SKIN
MAKE UP 20 33.33%

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© R7 respondents out of total 60 lakme respondents buy lakme skin protection products.
© R3 respondents out of total 60 respondents buy lakme products for long and strong hair.
© R0 respondents out of total 60 respondents buy lakme products for glow.
© 20 respondents out of total 60 respondents buy lakme products for make up.


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R3. Rating the products offered by lakme as:

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Table showing the rating of the lakme products by its users.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


EXCELLENT R8 30%
GOOD 28 6.66%
MODERATE R 23.33%
POOR 0 0%





R: excellent

2: good

3: moderate

From the following table we can infer that;

© R8 respondents out of total 60 lakme respondents rate lakme products as excellent.


© 28 respondents out of total 60 respondents rate lakme products as good.
© R respondents out of total 60 lkame respondents rate lakme as moderate.


© None of the respondents rate lakme products as poor.


R . Are you satisfied with the beauty services offered by lakme saloons?

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Table showing the satisfaction level of the lakme respondents with respect to the saloons services
provided by it.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


YES 8 80%
NO R2 20%




R depicts yes. 2 depicts no.

From the following table we can infer that:

© 8 respondents out of 60 respondents are satisfied with the services provided by the saloons
of lakme.
© R2 respondents out of 60 respondents are not satisfied with the services provided by the


saloons of lakme

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R. Are you satisfied with the products offered by the company?

Table showing the whether the respondents are satisfied with the products of lakme.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


YES 3 88.33%
NO 7 RR.66%




R depicts yes. 2 depicts no.

From the following table we can infer that:

© 3 respondents out of 60 respondents are satisfied with the products of lakme.


 

© 7 respondents out of 60 respondents are not satisfied with the products of lakme.

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R6. Is the site www.lakmeindia.com site useful to you?

Table showing if site www.lakmeindia.com site useful.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


YES 2 70%
NO R8 30%




R depicts yes 2 depicts no.

From the following table we can infer that:




© 2 respondents out of 60 respondents found site useful.


© R8 respondents out 0f 60 respondents did not found site useful.

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R7. Approximately how much do you invest on lakme products monthly?

Table showing that how much the respondents spend in lakme products.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


Below Rs. 500 0 66.66%
Rs. 500-Rs. 1000 8 R3.33%
Rs. 100-Rs. 2000 8 R3.33%
Above Rs. 2000 6.66%

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between Rs. R000- Rs. 2000.; . depicts money between Rs 2000 and above.

From the following table we can infer that:

© 0 respondents out of 60 lakme respondents spend below Rs 00.




© 8 respondents out of 60 lakme respondents spend between Rs 00-Rs. R000.


© 8 respondents out of 60 respondents spend between Rs. R000- Rs. 2000.


© respondents out of 60 respondents spend between Rs. 2000 and above.


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R8. Do you think that lakme is a leader in a cosmetic industry?

Table showing the number of respondents who think that lakme is a leader in cosmetic industry.

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


YES 68 68%
NO R2 R2%
CANT SAY R0 R0%
MODERATELY R0 R0%






R depicts yes.;2 depicts no.;3 depicts moderately.; depicts cant say.

From the following table we can infer that:

© 68 respondents out of R00 respondents find lakme to be the leader.


© R2 respondents out of R00 respondents do not find lakme to be a leader.
© R0 respondents out of R00 respondents are not sure.
© R0 respondents moderately think that lakme is a market leader.


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Table showing if the respondents will use the lakme product even if the price rises by R%

PARTICULARS FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE


YES 39 6%
NO 2R 3%
From the following table we can infer that:

© 39 respondents out of 60 respondents will continue using lakme.


© 2R respondents out of 60 respondents will stop using lakme if price will rise.




R depicts yes. 2 depicts no.

From the following table we can infer that:




© 39 respondents out of 60 respondents will continue using lakme.


© 2R respondents out of 60 respondents will stop using lakme if price will rise.

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CONCLUSION, FINDINGS AND SUGGESTIONS

FINDINGS

R. Lakme is the clear market leader across all age groups and income levels.
2. Majority of the respondents ie. 60 respondents out of total R00 respondents are using lakme
products. With Loreal in the second number having 20 regular customers of it. R respondents
rae using Garnier and only  are using Lotus cosmetics. This shows that lakme has more
number of women using it.
3. The dissertation shows that maximum number of the respondents are using make up products
of their brand like mascara, eyeliner, foundation, facepowder, blushers etc. next the eopleare
investing maximum in skin care products.
. 8 respondents trust their brand of cosmetics when it comes to healthy make up. 20
respondents do not find their cosmetics to be healthy in the sence that the brand uses more of
chemicals in its compositions.
. 3 respondents use their cosmetic products because they are economical in nature, while a
major portion of the bulk buys the products of a brand because they show measurable results.
6. 68 respondents spend below Rs. 00 on their cosmetics. However there are many people ie R
who spend Rs. R000- Rs. 2000 in cosmetics.
7. 9 respondents out of R00 respondents find their cosmetic brand to be economical in nature.
8. 9 respondents out of total of R00 respondents find sunscreen lotion to be the best product of
their cosmetic brand. While R7 out of them find lip gloss to be the best part of its brand.
9. people appreciate the facial and massage services provided by their favourite cosmetic
company. 32 out of R00 users find steam bath to be very appreciative.
R0. 20 respondents out of 60 users who use only lakme products, use lakme products because
they show measurable results. While R8 out of 60 uses it because lakme is very economical in
nature.
RR. 3 respondents out of 60 users of lakme products use the sunscreen lotion the maximum times,
the next product being lip gloss.
R2. 28 respondents have a very good knowledge about lakme as a brand.
R3. 20 respondents out of 60 respondents use lakme¶s makeup products, while R7 respondents use
lakme products of skin protection.
R . 28 respondents found lakme to be good, R8 found it to be an excellent product, R respondents
, moderately like the products of lakme.
R. 8 respondents are satisfied with the services provided by LAKME.


R6. 3 respondents are satisfied with the products of lakme.



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SUGGESTIONS

R. Affordable cosmetic products must be launched, drawing less than R000 rupees per month.
This will attract mores of youg women towards it and will further increase the market share of
the company.
2. Lakme should also concenterate on the cosmetic products for the mails. As today even boys
are becoming more concerned of the way they are looking. More and more boys are turning out
to be metro sexual. This category will rise in the future and lakme must concentrate on
catching them so that the company can generate more sales from them.
3. Lakme must not limit itself to serve only the women, as it will be ignoring a large chunk of looks
conscious and metro sexual boys.
. It would be wise for the company to target young people in the above category and grow along
with them as they and the nation prospers.
. Many respondents in their answer as to why they did not take lakme product said that lakme
does not provide a makeup or sunscreen lotion which is to be put only once as it is not
moisture resistant. So lakme should work more in creating a water resistant sunscreen lotion
which could stay all through the hard sweaty days.
6. More of the saloons should be created in order to provide easy accessibility to the consumers
of the services and products provided by lakme.
7. Lakme can start contests for free makeover of women , as it was being started by dove, sunsilk
and ponds in collaboration- be beautiful.
8. Website Changes:
a. Lakme must advertise more about its website in the mass media so people can gain
firsthand knowledge about its products at their convenience in a more detailed manner.
b. The website is good but instead of having a glossary as a separate entity, link words
which are difficult to understand for a first timer (even if it is as simple as µspf¶) must be
marked up (underlined) in the text, which upon clicking must open out to a window giving
details.
c. A page must be devoted on why cosmetic products of lakme must be taken plus real life
stories of how people with use of lakme cosmetics improved their looks.
d. Links to other sites extolling the virtues of cosmetics must be given.
e. A page devoted to Lakme¶s beginning as a cosmetic industry must be included in the
website to assure potential customers that this is one company that will stick around for a
long time to come. Exciting contests can be launched for those who visit the website.


9. lakme has tied up with HUL ± hence it must advertise in these websites also. It can also
advertise in other beauty related sections of websites like vogue.com and feminaindia.com.


Youth sites like mtstylecheckvindia.com, facebook.com, orkut.com, twitter.com etc can also be
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R0. According to Abraham Maslow¶s hierarchy of needs the 2nd step to self actualization is the
fulfillment of the safety needs. Though people feel the need for being presentable and have
good looks, a large number live in an ivory tower and they procrastinate to take decisions
regarding this aspect. It is this dormant aspect that Lakme should awaken in people and bring
about restlessness and unfulfilled feeling regarding their and their family¶s overall physical
grooming. The next choice then would be cosmetics. This could be brought about by an
innovative campaign slogan saying, ³The decision is now´.
RR. Lakme must not target people only when they start earning but much before that. To gain the
µearly bird µ advantage they must organize sessions in schools and colleges giving explanations
on how the medicure, pedicure, facials, massage etc can in general help in their overall
development. . It can also bring about a stronger brand commitment in this manner.
R2. Leverage information technology to service large numbers of customers efficiently and bring
down overheads. Technology can complement or supplement distribution channels cost-
effectively. It can also help improve customer service levels considerably.
R3. Use data warehousing, management and mining to gauge the profitability and potential of
various customer and product segments and ensure effective cross selling.
R . Understanding the customer better will allow cosmetic companies to design appropriate
products, determine pricing correctly and increase profitability.
R. Ensure high levels of training and development not just for staff but for distribution
organizations. Existing organizations will have to train staff for better service and flexibility,
while all companies will have to train employees to cope with new products and an intensive
use of information technology. The importance of alliances and tie-ups means that companies
will have to integrate related but separate providers into their systems to ensure seamless
delivery.
R6. Build strong relationships with intermediaries such as agents. The agency force is an important
customer interface and companies must partner with this group to reach customers and serve
them effectively.


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CONCLUSION:

The different information or benefits derived from the in-depth study of the above mentioned
information sources are as follows:

R. consumer behavior and perception study; it helped to know that what actually is consumer
beahviour and what are the factors that affect the buying behavior of consumers. It also helped
us to know that how can perception have a positive and a negative impact on the consumer
beahviour.
2. cosmetic industry in india- this section helped in knowing tat cosmetic is not a new concept in
india. People have been grooming themselves physically. The only difference is the addition of
chemicals and technology to our personal grooming.
3. Competition existing in the present insurance market; there are many other companies posing
tough competition to lakme ie Revlon , garnier, loreal, lotus etc.
. All the marketing information sources has given a significant contribution to the detailed
theoretical perspective for the research i.e. about consumer behavior an perception.
. World Wide Web also worked as a highly important information source as it provides updated
information for the research relating to various areas.

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Websites used
R. www.invogue.com
2. www.lakmeindia.com
3. www.google.com
. www.hindustanunilever.com
. www.feminaindia.com ?